i have just this second picked up the above from my dealer for a AVR300 a/b demo comparison... both units brand new straight out of their boxes. Well what can i say.... no contest really. The 700/1000 combo is absolutely stunning.. more detail more depth more clarity ... just more everything really.. fantastic. Dont bother with the 300 just buy this. I can assure you that you will not be dissapointed. Well done Arcam. Gives the fmj range something to seriously worry about!!!!!!!!!!!!